Wednesday, June 01, 2011

friends with Putin

from a comment of Romanian newspaper adevarul:

"Not that I miss the "freeze" policy from before 1989. But, at least for a while, I thought a small book inside the Western "partners" would be decent.

Vladimir Putin seems to be a very nice man. "Man of the Year" for "Time" in 2007 (same year as saying that the Stalinist purges were less dramatic than the atomic bombing of Japan, as mass murder of their own nation can compare to a combat action in a world war), the "cool" president in the world, as I call it more as a joke more seriously, some groups of pictures posted on the Internet, Vladimir Putin became friends to buckle with George W. Bush, Jacques Chirac, with Berlusconi and, especially, with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Several decades of cold war were evacuated overnight because of the irresistible charm of the Russian president and the West's need for affection. Not that I miss the "freeze" policy before 1989. But, at least for a while, a small book inside the "partners" Western thought I would be decent. We suddenly deal with too little memory and too many kisses. And it's not kind of forgetting the past, but by ignoring this. Putin still allow the sovereign to act with "colleagues" his Conversely, shy or not react. And yet there are some "small" problem. There is the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, yet unclear. There killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, there are still fresh memories of bloody repression in Chechnya, there is a statement in February this year Mikhail Gorbachev about the lack of democracy in the Russian Federation, visible, inter alia, the electoral system and there are gaps where Mikhail Khodorkovsky, sentenced to long years in prison for the crime of being profiled as a rival of Putin's political scene. Amnesty International reported on the case without much echo. Recently, Natalya Vasilieva, press secretary of the panel that manages the process Khodorkovsky, has made embarrassing revelations about the conduct of the legal act (the judge had received before the final hearing, the ruling ready made). Result: Natalia Vasilieva lost her job.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky ended his defense speech in the last trial with a word of sympathy to the court. I know - say the defendant - that are enormous pressures on you. And I hope you will resist these pressures honorable: "Your Honor, I am clear that we are extremely difficult, probably because you are really afraid. I wish you courage. "

It's hard to believe that Moscow will be brave enough judges. With Vladimir Putin is not kidding. When some years ago, a French journalist put an uncomfortable question about Chechnya, the Russian president promptly responded: "If you want to become a fundamentalist Islamic, come to us to get circumcised. We are experts in it. "Putin had at his right side at that time Javier Solana, and Romano Prodi at his left. Do not think that they had made any comments. It is clear that Putin's charm indemolabil. Who does not believe to find a video on YouTube, at a charity concert, "Czar" sing sweet "Blueberry Hills". Those in the room (Gérard Depardieu, Alain Delon, Goldie Hawn, Kevin Costner) applaud seduced, beat rhythm, dance, be happy . Sharon Stone waving the victory sign. Victoria whom against whom?" LINK

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